Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
The topic for today is character traits that I love… This kind of stumped me for a while because there are plenty of traits that I like but if they’re executed poorly, then I hate them instead.
I love witty and sassy characters. Oh and characters with a dry sense of humor are always pretty great too.
Gentleness in male characters makes me swoon. Most recently I fell in love with Leon from The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary ❤
And also it might be negative but I, on occasion, like arrogant characters that get beaten down to the correct level. And by on occasion I mean I am trash for any arrogant character being put in their place. AKA Draco Malfoy in almost any Dramione fanfiction that I’ve read and loved…….
If they are logical and rational (especially characters in horror/thrillers) then I love them. I have genuinely gotten into fights with people before about how illogical people are in horror movies… One of my exes actually told me that no one could ever write a horror movie or book in which the characters acted completely logically. I have yet to take him up on that challenge but someday I will.
Creative characters with a side of quirky aren’t that bad either. But if they get to the “I’m not like other girls/guys” level then I’m just annoyed.
Characters that are intuitive and introspective are the best. Like if someone can admit that they’re wrong or need to learn something in order to better themselves I stan.
I’m a fan of adventurous and daring characters because they are so the opposite of me. Headstrong female characters are who I look up to, most of the time anyways. I love reading characters that are what I want to be. But on the opposite side of that, I also really like reading anxious characters because they help me see more of myself. Characters who healthily overcome small bits of their anxiety are lovely. I really enjoyed Amy’s character arc in Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, that’s one of my favorite books of all time.
Overall, if your character is dynamic and unique there’s a good chance I’ll enjoy them. Just don’t overdo it or I’ll probably get annoyed.